History of Honey & Beekeeping!

Honey is as old as written history, dating back to 2100 B.C. where it was mentioned in Sumerian and Babylonian cuneiform writings, the Hittite code, Egyptian hieroglyphics and the Rig Veda.
The painting shown here and referred to as "The Man of Bicorp'' is frequently referred to as the first recorded evidence of the ancient history of beekeeping for honey harvesting.
Thought to have been painted by Epipaleolithic humans, around 8,000 years ago. It was discovered in 1924 by a teacher, Jaime Garí i Poch among other paintings of important facets of life, such as hunting and ceremonial dancing, showing just how culturally significant bees were at the time. Studies have shown that the peoples in the Bicorp area at the time were typically nomadic hunter gatherers, unable to cultivate cereals that in other cultures of the time were the base carbohydrate in many diets. This meant that, though they did not do bee keeping - harvested honey was an important source of nutrient dense carbohydrates for them and important in their diets. This gives ample reasoning as to why the act of honey gathering was immortalized in cave art alongside other events of great significance in the lives of these early humans.

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